#TGIFC148 Masking Technique

It’s Friday, and that means time for another TGIF Challenge!!!  This week is a technique challenge using masking. Be sure to go to the TGIF Challenges website and check out all designers’ amazing projects!!! For my card, I used a couple different masking techniques.  I used one to eliminate the stems on my stamped flowers and turn them into floating water lilies, and I used another to create the illusion that one… Read More »

Bubble Over for Bottles!

The Bubble Over stamp set is so freaking cute!  My daughter and her boyfriend love fancy sodas, so when I saw this set I knew I had to get it for them.  (Both have birthdays coming up in the next few months, and Brenden is turning 21!!!)  Stay tuned for those projects. In the meantime, the stamps and matching Bottles & Bubbles Framelits Dies are perfect for all kinds of… Read More »

Sale-A-Bration and Paper Pumpkin News!

The second release of Sale-A-Bration products are available today!!!  Click on the photo below to download the PDF flyer showing the new products you can earn for FREE with qualifying purchases. During Sale-A-Bration, for every $50 you spend (before tax and shipping), you can choose a FREE level 1 product.  For every $100 you spend (before tax and shipping), you can choose a FREE level 2 product.  With the second release,… Read More »

Petal Passion Valentine’s

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!  Hope you have a sweet day filled with love! I have one more Valentine’s Day card to share … this is one I made for my sweet daughter.  I CASED some great ideas from Stesha Bloodhart.  (She posted an absolutely gorgeous card on the TGIF Challenges blog last week.)  I was so inspired that I wanted to create one of my own. I stamped the Petal Passion flowers with… Read More »

Masculine Valentine

Continuing with my Valentine’s Day series, today I’m sharing a design for a masculine card that you can make with the Sure Do Love You Bundle.  I made this card for both my husband and son.  (Shh!  They’ll never know they got the same card!!!) At first glance, the Sure Do Love You stamps and coordinating Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies look very girly and traditional.  But included in… Read More »

#146 TGIF Sketch Challenge

Happy Friday!!!  It’s time for a new TGIF sketch challenge, and this one is perfect for Valentine’s Day!  The sketch is clean and simple, leaving lots of room for interpretation and enhancements.  That’s my kind of sketch. Go to the TGIF Challenges website to see all the amazing projects this week. My project includes an eclectic combination of products, but I really love how it turned out.  Usually, I try to stick with… Read More »

Fast Fuse Sale!

Stampin’ Up! has a new Fast Fuse promotion starting today.  When you buy one Fast Fuse, you get 2 refills free.  The promotion runs through February 12, 2018 or while supplies last.  Details To receive your free refills, add Fast Fuse Adhesive to your order (item 129026); the two Fast Fuse Adhesive Refills will be added to your order automatically. Once they’ve been added, the price listed for the two refills will show $0.00.… Read More »

Lots to Love Boxes

Stampin’ Up! has some great products in the Occasions Catalog for Valentine’s Day.  One of my favorites is the Painted With Love Bundle on page 18, which includes the Sure Do Love You stamps, Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies, and Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series Paper.  They all coordinate to make gorgeous projects.  I especially love the box die cut used on my projects today. These boxes are beautiful… Read More »

Sure Do Love You

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching!!!  So the past couple weekends, I’ve been working on all my cards and gifts.  Today, I’m sharing a cute little card I created with the Sure Do Love You bundle and coordinating Heart Happiness stamp set.  Both these stamp sets and the Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies work beautifully together for endless possibilities. I particularly love the striped heart stamp on this card.  To… Read More »

Sale-A-Bration’s Amazing You

We are now fully into Sale-A-Bration, Stampin’ Up!’s biggest sale of the year.  (It runs through March 31, 2018.)  I absolutely love this time of year, because you can earn free products every time to make a purchase of $50 or $100.  This year, there are two levels of free items you can earn.  With every purchase of $50, you can earn a level 1 item.  And with every purchase… Read More »

“Snowy” Waterfront

Today, I have one more card featuring the Waterfront stamp set.  I just love this stamp set and can’t stop using it.  There are SO MANY possibilities and I’ve seen such incredible inspiration on social media.  Every time I set it aside, I see something else I’ve just got to try!!! Up until now, I hadn’t used the pine tree stamps to create a mountain scene.  I recently visited my mom… Read More »

#TGIFC144 – Card in a Box

It’s time for another TGIF Challenge!  This week is a technique challenge to create a “Card in a Box.”  To see all the designers amazing projects, go to the TGIF Challenges website. I decided to go literal and make a traditional card in a box, but I think you could use some freedom in interpretation for this challenge and come up with other shapes and ideas.  For example, I almost… Read More »

Patriotic Sympathy

Sympathy cards are so hard to do!  I usually don’t have many (if any) on hand, so when I make them, it’s usually because of an immediate need.  Then, it’s hard to get creative when you’re feeling sad.  I really need to start making two at a time, so I have one left in inventory. Last week, a very dear friend of my husband’s passed away.  He was simply an… Read More »

Cake Soiree

Hello Friends!!!  I know I haven’t posted for a while.  About a week ago, I drove to my mom’s house for a much needed visit after the holidays.  We had so much fun visiting, hiking, playing cards, crafting, and even going to a local violin concert.  But then I got back, and it’s been pretty hectic ever since.  Lots to do with year-end. I have a few projects to share from my visit,… Read More »

#TGIFC142 Sketch Challenge

It’s Friday and that means time for a new TGIF Challenge!  This time, we have a sketch challenge.  The template is clean and simple, so there’s lots of possibilities for interpretation.  You could add your favorite stamps, coloring technique, designer paper, and/or embellishments.  Just have fun!!!  Click on the template below to go to the TGIF Challenges website and see all the designers’ projects for this week. For my project,… Read More »

“Painting” with Stamps

I am crazy about the new Waterfront stamp set!  I knew immediately that it was going to be one of my all-time favorites, but now that I’ve used it a few times, I’m realizing it’s even better than expected.  I particularly love the watercolor style of the stamps and the individual brush stroke stamps that I can use to “paint” a picture. What’s even better is sharing ideas with other… Read More »

Occasions & Sale-A-Bration

The new Occasions catalog goes live today!!!  It’s also the start of Sale-A-Bration, Stampin’ Up!’s biggest sale of the year!  Wahoo!!! You are going to LOVE all the new products!  Click on the Catalogs Tab on my blog to download PDFs or contact me to get your copy. Occasions: The Occasions catalog focuses on birthdays, Valentines, Easter, graduations, and springtime celebrations.  It’s got everything your need to look forward to… Read More »

December Paper Pumpkin

December’s Paper Pumpkin kit is called Flora And Flutter, and I have to admit that I was super excited when I opened the box!  The cards are really different from any of the past kits, and I LOVE the color combinations.  (I love to be inspired by color combinations I never would have thought of myself!) The kit includes supplies to make 8 cards total, 4 each in two designs.  See… Read More »

Celebrate 2018 — #GDP119

Happy New Year!  Well, almost… I was playing with my new Brusho Crystal Colours again today and thought it would be fun to experiment a little.  So, I tried using Brusho on top of Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper (SDSP.)  I figured I might be able to create a background that looked like fireworks, and it worked!!! I created this card as part of the Global Design Project… Read More »

#TGIFC140 December Designer’s Delight

I have a super exciting announcement!  I was asked to join the TGIF Challenges Design Team!!!  I was so flattered, because this team is made up of AMAZING designers, including many past and present Artisan designers.  They post challenges every week that are so inspirational.   I think you will love following along and hopefully, participating!!!  So click on TGIF Challenges to see the projects from this week and follow the… Read More »